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Powerful storms hit inland Southern California

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Powerful thunderstorms are lashing inland areas of Southern California east of Los Angeles.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Support flows in for sick desert tortoises

LAS VEGAS (AP) - News that hundreds of threatened desert tortoises face euthanasia with the pending closure of a refuge near Las Vegas has generated a storm of reaction that has government officials scrambling to find alternatives and fielding offers from people wishing to adopt the reptiles or make donations.

August 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fast-food workers stage largest protests yet

NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food workers in dozens of U.S. cities walked off the job Thursday in their largest round of protests yet, saying they cannot get by on what they earn and must have higher wages.

August 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Judge: NFL, players to settle concussion lawsuits

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The NFL has reached a tentative $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries among its 18,000 retired players, agreeing to compensate victims, pay for medical exams and underwrite research.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


San Diego mayor's indiscretions went unnoticed

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is leaving office in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations and many unanswered questions, including how someone who acknowledged mistreating women for many years could have survived for so long in politics.

August 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Ban Ki-moon pleads for time on Syria investigation

VIENNA (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that U.N. experts seeking to collect evidence from an apparent chemical attack in Syria that killed hundreds of people will report to him as soon as they leave the country Saturday.

August 29, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Americans driving less as car culture wanes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over?

August 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama offers new gun control steps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.

August 29, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Rocket carrying spy satellite launches from Calif.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - A massive rocket carrying a spy satellite for the U.S. government launched from the central California coast Wednesday.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Hollywood groups sue to stop huge development

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A coalition of neighborhood groups has filed a lawsuit to stop a $654 million skyscraper project from rising in the midst of Hollywood because of earthquake concerns.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Mont. judge apologizes for comments in teen's rape

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge is standing by his decision to sentence a former teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl to 30 days in prison.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Six Flags amusement park abandoned in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ferris wheel at the abandoned former Six Flags amusement park sits idle. The roller-coaster humps are familiar sights to passing motorists, and the weed-choked lot is a thorn in the side of officials who have overseen one of the most extensive city-rebuilding projects in U.S. history.

August 28, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


LA schools begin providing iPads to students

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district has begun providing iPads to its students, hoping to boost achievement and put low-income students on a footing with wealthier ones.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death on Wednesday for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist what he believed would be a path to martyrdom in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. launches drone to scout for spot fires

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) - As firefighters make progress containing a raging wildfire in and near Yosemite National Park, officials have turned to unmanned aircraft to monitor for unexpected developments.

August 28, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Lawmakers target immigrant driver's license scams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.

August 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard - and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri.

August 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime minister resign.

August 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Prosecutor: Father shooting driver was 'execution'

ANGLETON, Texas (AP) - A drunk driver did not deserve "execution" by a Texas father accused of taking the law into his own hands in a fit of rage over the killing of his two sons in a wreck, a prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Liberia: 3 receiving untested Ebola drug improving

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug for Ebola are showing signs of recovery, officials said Tuesday, though medical experts caution it is not certain if the drug is effective.

August 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

August 19, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Iraq military clashes with militants in Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) - Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic militants from a strategic dam in the country's north.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


South Pasadena Police: 2 California boys planned school shooting

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Police said they prevented a "horrific tragedy" by arresting two teenage boys who plotted to kill three high school staffers then gun down as many students as possible in a quaint Los Angeles suburb.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukrainian troops inch closer to rebel city Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian government troops were fighting pro-Russian rebels in the streets of Luhansk on Tuesday and captured most of a town near the eastern city of Donetsk, tightening the noose around that key rebel-held stronghold, Ukrainian officials said.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire near Yosemite threatens 500 structures

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

NEW YORK (AP) - Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California brush fire spurs 1,500-plus evacuations

GLENDORA (AP) - One of several wildfires burning across California prompted widespread evacuations Monday in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's top dollar store chains are betting big that their once-thriving business will make a comeback if they band together.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles officer, suspect each shot after chase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wild chase that began Monday with two men in an SUV firing on pursuing police ended several hours later with one suspect dead, another arrested, and a SWAT officer with a gunshot wound to the leg, Los Angeles authorities said.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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